The international labelling association FINAT convened its European Label Forum in Berlin in June, since Germany hosts well over 400 label printing companies today, including Hagmaier Etiketten, whose Managing Director, Thomas Hagmaier, had served as FINAT President for the last two years. He handed over the presidency to Chris Ellison of OPM Labels, UK, at the event.
by Andy Hobsbawm, Co-founder and CMO of EVRYTHNG
At FINAT’s European Label Forum, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion about the future of the label industry and how label companies can best participate in the emerging smart products revolution. If I had to pick one major theme from that conversation it would be data.
Having just returned from the 2017 edition of FINAT’s European Label Forum in Berlin, I share with you some thoughts which I already wrote down in my editorial of the association’s Yearbook that has just been released. The thoughts and ideas that were shared, the conversations that took place and the (new) friendships that were built only confirm the role of our association as platform linking the label community on its way to future business success! Thanks to all of you who were there who made this an event to remember.
Labelling and packaging today are a concourse for continuous movement at all levels – in terms of markets, technologies, formats, legislation, brand owner requirements, and environmental sustainability. At this year’s European Label Forum in Berlin, taking place 7-9 June, and organised by the international label industry association FINAT, management across the value chain will come together to review and debate the past year’s developments and track the pathway for the future, in a strong, strategic business context. The new business focus for the label industry’s annual ‘get together’, successfully launched in 2015, now makes it a ‘must attend’ event for participants at all levels of the label value chain.